Sherry Curating for @HelloFrmSG

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When I was offered to curate a Twitter account – HellofrmSG, I knew that it will be an awesome experience and another platform for me to further share my experiences, to advocate and educate on transgender women doing sex work. HellofrmSG has more than four thousands of followers. This was my first time curating a Twitter account and I didn’t set my expectation too high but aim to welcome more ally for sex workers.

Not knowing what to expect, I planned a list of things to talk about for the duration of a week that I’m curating. I shared to the followers about being a Muslim transgender doing sex work, sex tips and also the flavors and textured condoms Project X provides. These three topics attracted the followers and welcomed mentions and retweets. While some are in shock, most of them praised my courage to openly tweet about it.

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Receiving questions and supports were meaningful to me as they only know me by my short introduction.

With the questions asked and respond given, it encouraged more followers to asked and also interact in the thread of tweets when I mentioned about flavored condoms. It intrigued them that they are flavor condoms such as strawberry, blueberry, and mango. Not to forget the textured ones. And these condoms were manufactured by a local company – OK Condoms. From sharing these, I learned that it made people talk openly about the importance of safe sex and these were the goals that I set and am satisfied.

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Courtesy of OK.Condom

My goal and priority were too exposed Project X to the followers by informing them our mission and vision. But few days in it, I realized that sharing personal experiences, tips, and anecdote that caught their attention.  If given the opportunity, I will like to meet these people in person to have a conversation and exchange thoughts on how safe sex, sex work, and transgender people concerns could be addressed as these are the topics that are still deemed taboo and avoided.

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On my last day, I didn’t get to tweet much as I was handling an event. I left the curation by assuring them that we still can keep in touch with social media and thanked them for being attentive and open minded. A week of curating has driven me to not let any ignorance hinder my passion for advocating and educating.

Reading their replies really content me. To those who made it memorable, thank you!

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Vanessa Ho

Executive Director | [email protected]

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Vanessa has been full-time with Project X since 2011, and as a result, has had many opportunities to meet and connect with sex workers in Singapore and around the world. Under her leadership, the organisation has grown from a small group of volunteers to one where there are three paid staff and a team of over 60 volunteers. Correspondingly, she has increased the annual operating budget of the organization five times, and is now recognized as the leading organization that empowers and assists women in the sex industry.

Vanessa has written and spoken extensively about sex work, human trafficking, rape culture, and LGBTQ rights in Singapore. She believes that if people can speak about sex, gender and sexuality in open and in non-judgmental ways, society will become a safer place for everyone.

Vanessa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Warwick, and a Masters Degree in Gender, Society and Representation from University College London.